Strauss on Heidegger: 5 crucial texts
Finally, Strauss brings the classical understanding of man in all its noble serenity & grandeur to bear upon Heidegger's radical Historicism, recalling Nietzsche's philosophic attack, in the essay entitled "The Problem of Socrates". An essay by Allan Bloom on the intellectual biography of Strauss is also here included.
All of these Strauss essays are essential reading for any scholar or thinker who wishes to understand the extreme consequences of modern thought, and to grasp the inner spirit of its task. The conflict between Revelation and Philosophy emerges as the concealed fundamental problem in the understanding of Heidegger's attempt to overcome metaphysics. These valuable essays, as models of the subtle art of writing, are themselves a training in how to think, read, and write philosophically about the permanent fundamental problems. They are challenging works in their own right, require serious study, and will repay the effort with eternal rewards.
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Leo Strauss, "Existentialism" _Interpretation_ 22:3 (Spring 1995): 303-319
A lecture first given on Feb., 1956, at the Hillel Foundation (University of Chicago); a different version appeared as "An Introduction on Heideggerian Existentialism," in _The Rebirth of Classical Political Rationalism: An Introduction to the Thought of Leo Strauss_ (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989), pp. 27-46. The present version has some underlining.
Leo Strauss, "Philosophy as Rigorous Science and Political Philosophy," reprinted from _Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy_ 2:1 (1971) [in _Leo Strauss: Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy_ (Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 1985), pp. 29-37]; the present version has some underlining.
Leo Strauss, "The Problem of Socrates" _Interpretation_ 22:3 (Spring 1995): 339-337
A lecture first given on April 17, 1970 at St. John's College at Annapolis
Leo Strauss, "German Nihilism" _Interpretation_ 26:3 (Spring 1999): 353-378
A lecture which appears to have first been given on Feb. 26, 1941 at the New School for Social Research; the text has some underlining.
Leo Strauss, "Relativism," [in Helmut Schoeck and James W. Wiggins, eds., _Relativism and the Study of Man_ (Princeton: D. Van Nostrand, 1961)], pp. 135-157; text has some underlining.
Allan Bloom, "Leo Strauss: September 20, 1899-October 18, 1973," _Political Theory_ 2:4 (Nov. 1974): 372-392.
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